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Tusa Dive

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Tusa are Cairns local day trip operators with over 25 years experience, and access to 16 unique sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will cruise to the outer reef onboard Cairns' newest reef craft, T6, launched in August 2011 providing the latest technology and ultimate comfort onboard with easy access to the water. Activities include snorkelling with guided snorkel tours inclusive, 'Intro Diving' for those who have never dove before, and Certified Diving, with a choice of two or three dives in the day.

Passengers numbers are limited to just 60, even though there is seating onboard for 120, and Tusa's team of professional friendly crew will ensure your day is fun, safe, and memorable. Sites are chosen as the optimum locations for the weather conditions, changing sites almost daily, so each day will bring you a whole new underwater adventure.

Tusa Dive is an Advanced Ecotourism Operator, committed to providing a service that reflects their responsibility to contribute to the protection of our environment.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Lessons/Tutorials
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swim with Fish
  • Swimming

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Children:

Children must remain under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Junior open water divers from the age of 10 must dive with a parent or instructor from Tusa Dive. Children from the age of 12 are eligible for introductory diving. Waivers must be signed by parent or guardian to allow children to dive.

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Wet Tropics Great Walk

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Passing through North Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area, the Wet Tropic's Walk is located in Girringun National Park. Here the Traditional Aboriginal Custodians continue their close association with the land. A variety of walks are available including short walks, overnight adventures, and for more self-sufficient walkers, a unique wilderness experience. The walk begins at the breathtaking Wallaman Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Early risers taking a walk along the creek may be rewarded with a glimpse of a platypus or even a southern cassowary. The four to six day walk from Yamanie to Blencoe Falls offers a true wilderness adventure, and part of the walk follows the awe-inspiring, 60 kilometre long Herbert River Gorge. Enjoy half-day walks to view the Gorge and Blencoe Falls. The walk is approximately 100 kilometres long and traverses the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Are and Einasleigh Uplands bioregion. The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area is exceptional as one of only twelve World Heritage sites in the world the meet all four natural heritage criteria as set out in the World Heritage Convention.

Hope Islands National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
This island national park includes East and West Hope islands as well as Struck Island and Snapper Island. East and West Hope islands are low-lying cays. West Hope Island is a shingle cay formed from piles of loose shingle (coral debris) on which only the most hardy plants such as mangroves survive. East Hope is a typical sand cay, forested with tall coastal trees such as beach almonds. These islands are among the most important bird-nesting sites in the northern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Thousands of pied imperial-pigeons visit the islands to breed each summer. A delight for birdwatchers and fishers, these tropical islands provide a haven for nature lovers. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty. Bush camp at one of four camp sites on East Hope Island. Watch the birdlife along the shore. Listen to the calls of the pied-imperial pigeons in the trees during summer months. Go snorkelling or diving to discover amazing reef life. Make use of public moorings and throw in a fishing line.

Mount Cook National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
This park features the rugged Mount Cook, which provides a scenic backdrop to the town of Cooktown. Rainforest and tropical woodlands with a heath understorey cover the upper slopes and sheltered gullies. Mount Cook was named after Lieutenant James Cook, navigator and explorer, who had repaired the Endeavour in 1770 where Cooktown now stands, after damaging it on the reefs off Cape Tribulation. Take the steep two kilometre walk to the lookout for scenic views over the Great Barrier Reef and coastline. Climb one kilometre further to Mount Cook's summit. See large granite boulders covered with ferns. Look for tree snakes and lace monitors. Take binoculars for birdwatching.

Goold Island National Park

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Offshore from Cardwell, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, this tall forested island features granite outcrops overlooking white sandy beaches. Dugong and sea turtles feed on seagrass beds in shallow waters surrounding the island. The area is significant to Aboriginal people and the island contains reminders of their special culture, including middens and fish traps. Relax, bush camp and picnic on the Spit (Western Beach) and enjoy superb views of nearby Hinchinbrook Island. Explore the island on walking tracks, ranging from four kilometres to 15 kilometres return, through open eucalypt woodland and rock-hopping around the beaches. Explore patches of rainforest flourishing in rocky gullies. Watch mudskippers and crabs amongst the mangroves. In summer, listen for Pied Imperial-pigeons as they feed in the rainforest then fly off in the afternoon to nest on nearby Brook Island.

Misty Mountains Wilderness Walking Tracks

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
The Misty Mountains wilderness walking tracks are a 130 kilometre network of short and long wilderness tracks takes visitors through pristine, high altitude rainforest with crystal clear creeks, waterfalls and panoramic views.The tracks cross the Walter Hill Range and the Cardwell Range, extending from the coastal plain to the tablelands. The area forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is recognised for its diversity of rainforest types, plant species and outstanding landscape features. Four long tracks—the Koolmoon Creek, Cannabullen Creek, Cardwell Range and Gorrell tracks—make up the Misty Mountains wilderness walking tracks. Sections of some of the tracks are accessible for shorter walks. Walkers must be well prepeared, self-sufficient and responsible for their own safety. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. A reliable form of communication is essential and satellite phones and PLBs (personal locator beacons) are the most effective.
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Buujan Quiinbiira walk, Girringun National Park (Wallaman Falls section). The Buujan Quiinbiira (Boo-jun quin bee-rr-ar) walk starts at Wallaman Falls and winds its way through open forests and past palm-filled gullies before crossing the Herbert River to reach the Yamanie pick-up point. Walkers must be self-sufficient and have the right equipment and bushwalking gear. Always tell someone your walking plans and when you expect to return. Mobile phone coverage is limited. Distance: 37.5 kilometres one way. Time: Allow two days. Grade: Difficult. Day 1-Wallaman Falls to Pack Trail camp site (23.3 kilometres) From Wallaman Falls, follow an old forestry track through a range of landscapes including she-oak dominated country, open forest and rainforest. Or, from the Wet Tropics Great Walk information shelter, wander down the road and across the Stony Creek bridge to the start of the walk. Day 2-Pack Trail camp site to Yamanie pick-up point (14.2 kilometres) Re-live the past by walking part of the Dalrymple Track forged in the 1860s by George Dalrymple and his team. The track provided an essential route for bullock teams hauling basic supplies from the Port of Cardwell to the frontier homesteads. Be prepared for a steep decent on unstable surfaces.
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Djagany (goanna) walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk. Starting at Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park, the Djagany (Jar-gar-nee) walk follows an old forestry track through she-oaks, open forest and rainforest. Cool, tranquil creek crossings provide a welcome respite from the heat on your way to the Henrietta gate pick-up point. Day 1—Wallaman Falls to Pack Trail camp site (23.3 kilometres) From Wallaman Falls, follow an old forestry track through a range of landscapes including she-oak dominated country, open forest and rainforest. From the Wet Tropics Great Walk information shelter, wander down the road and across the Stony Creek bridge to the start of the walk. Small gullies teeming with ferns and palms are scattered throughout the forest. If you look carefully, you might catch a glimpse of the brilliant blue Ulysses butterflies fluttering through gullies or forest kingfishers perched on branches in the shade. About five kilometres along the track you will come to a large clearing. This was once a forestry quarry. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is rehabilitating the area. In time this scar on the landscape will disappear. The remains of an old forestry camp can be seen a further 7.2 kilometres down the track. For about 10 years this camp was home to the road gangs, forestry officers and timber cutters, who worked here. Just past the forestry camp is Garrawalt Creek, a perfect spot to stop for lunch. Spend a moment peering into the rock pools and be rewarded with a glimpse of a platypus or hear the plop of a water dragon seeking refuge in the stream. After lunch, you will cross over three more creeks. Flagstone Creek is the last creek crossing for nearly 14 kilometres, so fill up your water containers. Continue on a further 4.4 kilometres to the Pack Trail camp site, your home for the night. Day 2—Pack Trail camp site to Stony Creek campsite (13.9 kilometres) After a peaceful night sleeping under the stars this morning’s walk will take you back in time. Re-live the past by walking part of the Dalrymple Track forged in the 1860s by George Dalrymple and his team. The track provided an essential route for bullock teams hauling basic supplies from the Port of Cardwell to the frontier homesteads. Be prepared for a steep decent on unstable surfaces. Part way down the steep hill, there is a break in the canopy. Enjoy the sensational views across the Herbert River Valley. At the base of the hill you will pass through a big scrubby gully. A little further along the track, do not take the signposted track to the Yamanie pick-up point but continue on through the open forest towards Stony Creek. About 1.8 kilometres past this turn-off, keep watch for a grove of cycads. These ancient plants were part of the landscape when dinosaurs roamed the land. They were the dominant form of vegetation about 193–136 million years ago and have changed very little since that time. Garrawalt Creek is only another three kilometres away. This is a great place to stop for lunch or just for a rest under a shady tree. The creeks along this part of the walk run into the Herbert River which is not far from the track. Crocodiles can be found in the Herbert River. Be aware! You are now in croc country. Estuarine or saltwater crocodiles are an important part of north Queensland’s wetlands, freshwater and marine areas. They are one of the largest predators in these habitats and help to maintain the overall health and balance of these ecosystems. They live mainly in the tidal reaches of rivers, as well as in freshwater lagoons, swamps and waterways — up to hundreds of kilometres from the sea. Crocodiles are most active at night. Remember to be croc wise in croc country.Continue on for another 4.4 kilometres till you reach the Stony Creek camp site. Set up camp, and enjoy a well-earned rest for the night. Day 3 Stony Creek camp site to Henrietta gate pick-up point (19.6 kilometres) Fill your water bottles before leaving the campsite. Water is not available for nearly 13 kilometres. As you wander the track, you will see that some areas are not the pristine natural environments you expect to find in a national park. Despite the presence of pest plants and animals, this area is special. Previously, most of the area was used for grazing. It was purchased by the Queensland Government in 1994, and is now part of Girringun National Park. The area is protected habitat for the endangered mahogany glider and work is underway to control the spread of pest plants and remove pest animals. Henrietta Creek is the ideal spot to stop for lunch and to fill your water bottles before tackling the last section of the track. Another six kilometres and you will pass Lemon Tree Gully, aptly named for the lemon tree that still bears fruit. Only 5.2 kilometres of walking remains until you reach the Henrietta gate and your pick-up point. Walkers must be fully self-sufficient and have the right equipment and gear. Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and personal locator beacons (PLBs) are the most effective. Grade: difficult. Distance: 56.8 kilometres one way. Time: allow three days.

Jambal Walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Jambal walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk Grade: difficult. Distance: 20.6 kilometres return. Time: two days. The Jambal walk is for experienced, self-sufficient hikers. It follows the Juwun walk through open forest and into the Herbert River Gorge. Walkers then camp overnight at the Blanket Creek bush camp before returning the same way. Walk times are approximate only. They are based on an average walker travelling in good conditions. You will need to adjust these times to suit your group’s level of experience and fitness. The times are for walking only. Remember to allow plenty of extra time for rest stops, meal breaks and sightseeing. Blencoe Falls to Blanket Creek—10.3 kilometres (about 4.5–5 hours walking time) The Juwun and Jambal walks start to the east of the Blencoe Falls camping area, marked by an information sign. Wind your way through nine kilometres of open forest before reaching the escarpment. This countryside may appear dry and desolate, but there is a lot to see. Look for emus and kangaroos resting from the heat and listen for laughing kookaburras or screeching sulphur-crested cockatoos. This country is rugged and one of extremes. During the dry season, the land is parched and vulnerable to fire. Grasses dry out and some trees lose their leaves, giving the appearance of a dying landscape. With the arrival of the wet season, the countryside is inundated with water and the plants spring back to life. The track winds its way to the top of the escarpment above Blanket Creek before dropping steeply onto the banks of the Herbert River that is lined with shady she-oak trees. This is the Blanket Creek bush camp, your home for the night. Beware! As refreshing as a dip may seem, do not swim as the river is home to estuarine crocodiles. Returning by the same track to Blencoe Falls camping area the next day. Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Walkers must be fully self-sufficient and carry the right equipment and gear. Carry plenty of drinking water as there are no reliable sources between Blencoe Falls and Blanket Creek.
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This walk crosses the Herbert River before reaching the Yamanie pick-up point. Remember to tell a responsible person where you're going and when you expect to return. Let them know your route and contact them on your return. Have a contingency plan in place if you fail to contact them by the agreed time. If you change your plans, inform them. Grade: Difficult. Distance: 37.5 kilometres one way. Time: Allow two days. Day 1-Henrietta gate pick-up point to Stony Creek camp site From Henrietta gate pick-up point walk 5.2 kilometres to Lemon Tree Gully. After passing through the gully, walk six kilometres to Henrietta Creek. Fill water bottles here as there is no water until the campsite, 13 kilometres away. Day 2 Stony Creek camp site to Yamanie pick-up point From the camp site, walk 4.4 kilometre to Garrawalk Creek. Crocodiles can be found here. Be aware! They're most active at night. Walk another three kilometres to a grove of cycads. The Yamani turn-off is a further 1.8 kilometres along. Follow the signs to the pick-up point, and enjoy a 9.5 kilometre walk through open forest, along the high banks of the Herbert River to the Yamanie pick-up point.

Juwun Walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
The Juwun walk starts near Blencoe Falls, in Girringun National Park. Blencoe Falls is a spectacular waterfall that plunges 90 metres to a pool before cascading a further 230 metres to the base of the Herbert River Gorge. The Juwun walk is a strenuous walk through the Herbert River Gorge. From Blencoe Falls, walkers travel through open forest before steeply descending into the Herbert River Gorge to the Blanket Creek bush camp. From here walkers follow the river to the Yamanie pick-up point. There is no designated walking track along the gorge beyond Blanket Creek. The Juwun walk is suitable for experienced, self-sufficient walkers with a high level of fitness. Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the waterways. Remember to be croc-wise. In the event of an emergency, communication equipment is vital. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Personal locator beacons (PLBs) and satellite phones are the best option on this track. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable. Juwun walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk Grade: difficult. Distance: 43.5 kilometres one way. Time: allow 4–6 days.
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